Length/Configuration: 12.4-mile single-track out-and-back (6.2 miles each way).
Aerobic Difficulty: Moderate; a few short bursts on the 1,420' gain to the upper trailhead.
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate; rocky, rooty sections.
Scenery: Second-growth woods; fun riding and lack of daytime scenery make for good night-ride potential.
Special Comments: Roller-coaster trails include fun, swooping turns and fast, final descent; connector trails intersecting main loop allow you to reroute differently each time.
General Location: From Port Angeles, a 10-mile drive south will get you to the Foothills.
Elevation Change: The loop starts at 1,700', the initial road climb brings you to 2,300', and after undulations on the trail, the far end of the loop sits at 2,520'. Other climbing brings total elevation gain to near 1,000'.
Services: There is no water available on this ride. All services are available in Port Angeles.
Hazards: With the trails so close to town, you'll likely encounter other users, on motorized and unmotorized wheels, on hooves, and on foot—another reason to do this ride at night. Watch out for all of these along the trail.
Rescue Index: Residents on Lake Dawn Road may call for help. Help is available in Port Angeles.
Land Status: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Olympic Region.
Maps: Custom Correct, Hurricane Ridge shows the trails on the loop as well as the trails that will eventually get you down to Heart O' the Hills Parkway.
Source of Additional Information:
Washington Department of Natural Resources
411 Tillicum Lane
Forks, WA 98331
(800) 527-3305 or (360) 374-6131
View Trail Map
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication